April 19, 2014

Holy Week with Duccio: Crucifixion

Duccio Crucifixion

I am one who has seen affliction
   under the rod of God’s wrath;
he has driven and brought me
   into darkness without any light;
against me alone he turns his hand,
   again and again, all day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away,
   and broken my bones;
he has besieged and enveloped me
   with bitterness and tribulation;
he has made me sit in darkness
   like the dead of long ago.

- Lamentations 3:1-6

Comments

  1. Right now from St. Peter’s – Mass of the Presanctified, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. Video here, text of Worship Aid here.

    Way of the Cross from the Colosseum tonight 9.15 p.m. Roman time, 8.15 p.m. Irish time, 4.15 p.m. Eastern Time in America.

  2. Robert F says:

    Living God, it scares me to consider the Crucifixion of Jesus. In my sin, my selfishness, I want to turn away quickly from your suffering because I want to escape my own; I don’t really want to hear that salvation is by way of a cross, even though it is your Cross. If I’m drawn back again and again to consider the suffering life of Jesus poured out on Golgotha, and to find myself embraced in your passionate self-giving love, it can only be because you have drawn me back by your own sweet strength, which is no strength of mine, and which in my frequent craven moments of unbelief I only know as weakness and failure, things of which I’m terribly, humanly afraid. Lord, I pray that you would hold me to yourself, draw me unfailingly to yourself, and enable me to carry my cross in the path of your own; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.